One-third of owners prefer their pet over their kids

A survey from OnePoll saw 34 percent of respondents say their pet was their “favorite child”

Americans certainly love their pets—in some cases, even more than their own flesh and blood.

This is according to a recent survey of 2,000 pet parents across the U.S., conducted by OnePoll on behalf of pet food company I and Love and You.

Seventy-eight percent of respondents said they considered their four-legged friend to be “part of the family,” while 34 percent took it a step further, admitting their pet is their “favorite child.”

Other findings include:

  • 67 percent of respondents classify their pet as their “best friend”;
  • 54 percent think their pet understands them “better than” their best friend or significant other; and
  • 68 percent believe “pets are people, too.”

For more on the results, check out the video below, courtesy I and Love and You.

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